Two-thirds of commuters in the DC area live less than one mile away from a bus stop. Where’s your local bus stop? Use the goDCgo interactive map to find out.
A fair number of bus routes run late at night up until 4am and are a great alternative after Metrorail stops running. View the Late Night Bus Service Map for more info.
WMATA offers a variety of unlimited ride passes for Metrobus – daily, weekly, and monthly. As well as a combination pass for Metrorail and Metrobus.
It only costs $1 to ride the DC Circulator. Check out the direct route from Union Station to Georgetown or ride the National Mall Route to explore the Monuments and Memorials along the Mall.
Use a trip-planning app to know exactly when your bus is arriving and never wait at the bus stop again. Some great apps include TransitApp, Citymapper, and TripGo.
Metrobus fares start at $2 and are paid with cash or SmarTrip® card upon boarding; daily, weekly, and monthly discounted bus passes are available as well. Other local bus services may also accept SmarTrip® card, though prices may vary. Buy SmarTrip® cards online, at any Metrorail station, or at many convenient locations.
If you use more than one bus to reach your destination, use a SmarTrip®card to receive a free bus-to-bus transfer within a two-hour period. If connecting to Metrorail, enjoy a discounted fare. No transfer discounts are provided with cash fare payment.
DDOT and Destination DC offer a one-stop-shop for all motorcoach and group tour operators visiting the District. Call the hotline for information on parking, permitting, routing and more! 1.855.67-BUSES (28737)
LATE NIGHT BUS MAP
While many bus operators suspend services after midnight, there are select DC Circulator and Metrobus routes that provide late night service on specific routes. Check out our late night bus map to explore your bus options until 2am and 4am!
ART operates in neighborhoods throughout Arlington that are not serviced by Metrobus and helps to increase the frequency of buses on crowded Metrobus routes. All ART routes connect to Metro stations located throughout Arlington County.
The City of Fairfax City-University Energysaver (CUE) bus system provides regularly scheduled, low-cost transportation services to George Mason University, shopping centers, and other locations within the City of Fairfax, as well as the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail Station.
This daily bus system services Fairfax County and connects to Metrorail’s Blue, Orange, and Yellow Lines.
National Coach Works of VA, Inc. provides commuter and charter coach service from Fredericksburg/Richmond to Washington, DC. Take commuter routes 705 or 715 from Golden Beach P&R (Charlotte Hall) Mattawoman Beantown P&R to Washington DC
Weekday rush hour bus service is available to Washington, DC, West Falls Church, the Pentagon, and Rosslyn from Park ‘N Ride lots in Loudoun County. Bus service from West Falls Church to Loudoun County is also available.
OmniRide, a service of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), offers weekday bus services to the District and various Metrorail stations in Northern Virginia.
The Young Transportation Service (YTS) commuter bus connects Annapolis to New Carrollton Metro station via the Route 50 Corridor. The 921 Connector takes riders from Annapolis to New Carrollton and back.
The Ride On bus network services Montgomery County, MD providing riders with access to numerous Metrorail and Metrobus lines and an easy way to get into DC.
Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) commuter buses provide shuttle bus service to the District. Companies under contract are Dillon Bus Service, Eyre Bus Service, Keller Transportation, and Martz/Gold Line.
Bus service in Prince George’s County, MD operating on weekdays with stops across the county and to numerous Metrorail stations.
CONNECTIONS TO DC
The University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services provides shuttle service to members of the College Park. While some routes require a UMD ID to ride, the routes below are open to the public.
Greyhound buses depart from Union Station bus depot, accessible from Metrorail’s Red Line.
Provides service throughout the East Coast and leaves directly from bus depot at Union Station, accessible from Metrorail’s Red Line.
Provides service throughout the East Coast and beyond as far west as Toronto, Buffalo, NY, Pittsburgh, PA and Knoxville, TN. Departs from Union Station bus depot via Metrorail’s Red Line.
Express bus service between DC and New York City and Norfolk, VA. Departs from the Union Station bus depot, accessible by Metrorail’s Red Line.
Provides daily express bus service between DC and New York City. Departs from Union Station bus depot, accessible by Metrorail’s Red Line.
Finding a good route is important when you are trying to get around the region by bus. Fortunately, there are maps, apps, websites and tools to help you find your way.
Get real-time trip planning and departure information, service alerts, and live crowding reports in the palm of your hand. Activate the app using the 5-digit code provided by your building or employer. (If you have an Actionfigure Screen in your lobby providing transportation information, you’ll find the code there.)
The ultimate transport app that uses open data, mobile, and payment technology to make transport sustainable and hassle free.
Real-time Metrorail and Metrobus predictions for planning trips in DC, Maryland, or Virginia.
Get real-time predictions for DC Metrorail, Metrobus, Arlington Transit (ART), DC Circulator, DC Streetcar, PG County-The Bus, Fairfax CUE, and UMD Shuttle. Keep track of your favorite stations and sort them however you like!
Transit is your real-time urban travel companion. Get accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications, and departure and stop reminders.
Compare and combine any transportation mode like the bus, train, taxi, metro, a personal or shared car or bike, motorcycle, or rideshare.
Receive up to three itineraries for getting to your destination by bus, rail, or both. Available on WMATA’s website.
An easy, economical way to get around the District. Fare only costs $1! For information about specific routes, please select a route below.
The Dupont Circle–Georgetown–Rosslyn route takes riders to the city’s hot spots in Northwest and connects to Rosslyn, VA.
The Georgetown-Union Station route travels east-west through historic Georgetown and connects to Union Station, DC’s central transit hub.
The Woodley Park/Adams Morgan/McPherson Square route caters to foodies (14th St NW) and late-night bar patrons with weekend service until 3:30am.
The Eastern Market -L’Enfant Plaza route links the Eastern Market Metro station to the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station and caters to baseball fans with additional service to Nationals Park on game days.
The Congress Heights – Union Station route travels through historic Anacostia connecting riders from Union Station to Congress Heights Metro Station.
The National Mall route is on the only public transit option providing door-to-door access to the National Mall’s iconic museums and monuments.
goDCgo is here to support sustainable transportation needs for all DC commuters and residents, regardless of age, ability, or income. In addition to providing complimentary resources about the alternative travel options available in the District, we have information on affordable, easily-accessible programs that can break down transportation barriers and help those with special mobility needs get to/from their communities and around the city. From adaptive vehicles, to shared rides, to the Metro, there's no limit to where you can go.
In honor of this year's Black History Month, goDCgo wants to shine a spotlight on some of the African American leaders and professionals who help shape transportation in the District today. From city infrastructure, sustainable transportation promotions, transit operations, vehicle management, road safety, bike education, and much more, they're involved in nearly every aspect of DC's transportation systems and make a strong impact on the commute options that we use every day including Capital Bikeshare, DC Circulator, Metrobus, Metrorail, and even personal bike riding experiences.
Planning a trip to visit the District? Get the true DC experience by learning about the available transportation options to navigate the city with ease. Our Program Director, Danelle Carey, planned a weeklong stay in the District with a goal to have a car-free experience. During her stay, she was able to get to meetings, events, and visit iconic sites using bikeshare, scooters, and public transit. However, she discovered some details that can help visitors like you avoid the hassles and inconveniences that she experienced. To help you happily explore DC, we've outlined some travel tips below.
The District of Columbia has officially re-opened and many organizations and businesses are planning their transition back to the physical worksite. As more employees return to their regular commute, there are many ways that you can help increase their confidence in using public transit again.
While employees are planning their trips to work, they may have questions about reinstating their pre-tax benefits or subsidies for transit or vanpools. Additionally, over the past year, we've received some questions related to DC Commuter Benefits Law compliance that we've addressed below in order to help you meet those requirements.
Now that students have recently returned to school, we want to make sure you know about all the ways they can get there -- for FREE! The Kids Ride Free (KRF) transit subsidy program allows students to ride the Metrobus, Metrorail, and DC Circulator to school and school-related events and activities within the District at NO COST. Have questions? goDCgo has the answers! Review the frequently asked questions (FAQs) below for more information.
#DCisOpen and resuming your commute to work is one of the things you are likely thinking about these days. If you haven't noticed already, traffic congestion is growing in the DC metro area, so you can save a ton of time by opting to take public transit instead. We understand any looming concerns, and we're here to assure you that the safety, health, and wellness of riders and the community continue to be the District's priority. To help you feel safer about using public transportation, goDCgo, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), DC Circulator, DC Streetcar, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) have teamed up to provide you with the latest information and updates to help you feel confident resuming your commute on public transit.
While Washington, DC has reopened for the summer, there's even more coming in the fall! We're getting back to our regularly scheduled programming and looking forward to the return of in-person music and food events, art shows, and neighborhood festivals throughout the city. There's a long list of upcoming events, so goDCgo has highlighted five popular fall festivals that you should attend and the best ways to get there without a car. Please be advised that face masks are required for ALL riders when using public transit while on board, within stations, and at bus stops. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must continue to wear a face mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
Whether you live in the District or visiting to experience the culture, goDCgo highly suggests leaving the car behind to avoid traffic and the search for parking. Get to the fall festivities using sustainable transportation instead! In addition to the public transit options below, you can easily get around by walking, bikeshare, or scooter.
As of Saturday, May 1, Washington, DC has transitioned to the use of 11 high-capacity, walk-up, no appointment needed vaccination sites. Please be advised that designated walk-up sites are for first vaccination doses ONLY. After you receive your first dose, you still need to make an appointment to get your second dose. The walk-up sites are available in addition to pharmacies, clinics, and health care providers that are administering the vaccines throughout the District. These sites will operate their own scheduling systems.
Since the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the District has experienced a decline in traffic due to many of us working from home. However, there's evidence that people may actually be driving more for non-commute trips. Many individuals have shifted to driving outside of work for recreation and to run errands, visit stores, workout at the gym, go out to eat, etc., leading to an increase in personal vehicle trips. And as people start returning to workplaces, our commute choice plays an integral role in helping to mitigate traffic congestion. goDCgo encourages you to do your part and travel sustainably by foot, bike, bus, scooter, Metro, or rideshare.
Additionally, being able to telework has major implications for the environment, because in the U.S., transportation is the biggest source of greenhouse gases. So, if you have the option to work remotely, you can help fight climate change and improve the air quality in DC and beyond.
Black History Month is nationally observed every February to recognize the great contributions of African Americans in US history -- past, present, and future. This year, goDCgo is celebrating Black History Month in a new way by highlighting some of the black-owned businesses in the District and how to get to their storefront locations using sustainable transportation.